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He is just my dog.



Tui and I

Tui and I

The relationship between dog and master is one that constantly intrigues all of us – even those who don’t have dogs in their daily lives.  I stumbled upon this piece this morning while looking over some emails.  Gene Hill, one of the greatest outdoor writers known to sportsmen around the world, shares the bond that we all know and love about the dogs that fill our lives.

“He is my other eyes that can see above the clouds;
my other ears that hear above the winds.
He is the part of me that can reach out into the sea.

He has told me a thousand times over that I am his reason for being;
by the way he rests against my leg;
by the way he thumps his tail at my smallest smile;
by the way he shows his hurt when I leave without taking him.
(I think it makes him sick with worry when he is not along to care for me.) …

Without him, I am only another man.  With him, I am all-powerful.
He is loyalty itself.  He has taught me the meaning of devotion.

With him, I know a secret comfort and a private peace.
He has brought me understanding where before I was ignorant.

His head on my knee can heal my human hurts.
His presence by my side is protection against my fears of dark and unknown things.
He has promised to wait for me… whenever… wherever – in case I need him.
And I expect I will – as I always have.
He is just my dog.”

– Gene Hill


Tui with some Arkansas Mallards

Tui and some Arkansas Mallards

Swimming in the Big Hole River

Tui and I enjoy a summer swim in Montana's Big Hole River



  1. Such beautiful thoughts and soooo true!

  2. Great post, Mike. I need to print that out and put it up somewhere where I can read it frequently.

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